It’s that time of year again when we’re all jetting off to far-flung places to escape the “British summer” in hope of sun, sea and relaxation. As dog owners one of the biggest regrets we all have is the fact we have to leave our pooch at home. Many dog owners will simply leave their dog with family or friends but this is not always a luxury that all dog owners can avail of. As dogs are on the most popular pets in the UK, kennels exist to look after pets whilst owners are abroad or simply unable to look after their animals. With so many kennels out there, it can often be difficult to determine which kennels are good enough for your dog. To help you decide which kennels will be suitable for your dog we have outlined helpful tips
How often will they walk your dog?
This is one of the first questions you need to ask your prospective kennel. Often lower quality kennels will simply leave your dog caged up the majority of the day with potential of one walk a day. Ask who walks your dog? How often? And where they will walk your dog? A locked up dog will cause distress and can be detrimental to your dog’s well-being.
What are the kennels like?
This is something you can decide for yourself. Take a look around when you go to look at the kennels. What state are the kennels in? Are they clean? These types of questions are what you need to ask when looking at prospective kennels. Dirty kennels, with small compounds and overcrowding can again be harmful to your dog and potentially your health. Kennels should be like a dog hotel meaning there should be sufficient water, clean warm bedding and plenty of opportunity for exercise.
Will your dog be safe?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask before letting your dog board at a kennel. Ensure that other dogs will be separated from your dog and that any dangerous dogs boarding alongside your dog are on leads and fitted with muzzles. If the kennels you are looking at don’t ask if your dog has been vaccinated alarm bells need to ring, this infers they don’t take dogs health seriously.
Do they understand your dog?
All dogs have their own personality and you as an owner will know your dog’s personality. If your dog is shy, independent or stubborn then you need to make the kennels aware of this. If the kennels don’t ask for this information, nor take it on board you may want to reconsider letting your dog stay.